Mondrian Street

Villa Mondriaan

museum in Winterswijk

On the edge of the centre of Winterswijk there is a small detached villa from the second half of the 19th century. In this modest house, Piet Mondriaan spent a great deal of his youth. At the initiative of the Mondriaanhuis and the Freriks Museum in Winterswijk, Wim van Krimpen, under the supervision of the gallery and former museum director, worked on a small new museum focusing on the artist's early years. With the generous support of the States-Provincial and private sponsorship, the project was designed and realised within a few months - a little miracle in a time of recession and substantial cuts to culture budgets. In the Pentecost weekend of 2013, the new museum was opened in the presence of Princess Beatrix.   

location: Winterswijk
design: 2013
realisation: 2013
structural engineer: Pieters Bouwtechniek
advisor - technical installations: Adviesbureau van der Weele
contractor: WBC Bouwgroep
photography: Luuk Kramer
Mondrian Implanting


Mondrian Model Corner
Mondrian Model Front
Mondrian Model Back
Mondrian Jakobs Kerk

Piet Mondriaan, Jacobskerk with tree on the right side

Mondrian Winterswijk

Piet Mondriaan, View of Winterswijk

Mondrian Street New Facade
Mondrian Street North
Mondrian Street Corridor

The museum consists of the artist's parents' house and an opposite building on the corner of the street, also originally a house. Both properties have been renovated for the occasion. A new building volume has been added on an empty intermediate plot between the existing building along the shopping street and the corner building. A broad glass corridor alongside the garden connects the three buildings.  

Mondrian GF

ground floor

Mondrian 1F

first floor

Mondrian Brick Façade

The architecture is sober and contemporary, with references to the craftsmanship of existing buildings and pre-war Winterswijk.

Mondrian Brick Detail
Mondrian Façades

east façade and north façade

The new building volume is the core of the ensemble, containing exhibition spaces for the drawings and paintings of the young Mondriaan. It features two classical exhibition rooms, stacked together, with parquet floors, white walls, carefully crafted daylight and artificial light, an advanced and invisible air conditioning system and a beautiful staircase with views of the house and garden. 

Mondrian Reception Desk
Mondrian Lamps
Mondrian Big Expo

The façades consist of cemented bricks. The closed façades feature a subtle pattern that has been applied in an enlarged form as a transparent structure covering the glazed corridor.  The route through the new museum begins in the corner building with a  small shop and a café.

Mondrian Stair Wood
Mondrian Stair
Mondrian Jan Van Der Ploeg

Jan van der Ploeg, WALL PAINTING No.356, Untitled, 2014

Mondrian Beatrix

opening by Princess Beatrix, 21 May 2013

Mondrian Corridor
Mondrian Small Expo Door
Mondrian Small Expo

After a visit to the exhibition rooms, the new hallway leads to the garden, with a new garden room and the actual house used for receptions and several artistic projects. Here one can admire the view of the church tower from Mondriaan's room on the first floor, painted by the artist as a 16-year-old in 1888.

Mondrian Meeting Room

Jan van der Ploeg, WALL PAINTING No.355, Untitled, 2014

Mondrian Garden
Mondrian Garden Tree
Mondrian Street South